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Five Million Years to Earth (1967)
"Quatermass and the Pit" (original title)

Approved  |   |  Sci-Fi, Horror  |  16 February 1968 (USA)
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A mysterious artifact is unearthed in London, and famous scientist Bernard Quatermass is called into to divine its origins and explain its strange effects on people.

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While digging a new subway line in London, a construction crew discovers first: a skeleton, then what they think is an old World War II German missile. Upon closer examination the "missile" appears to be not of this earth! This movie examines the age old question of how we came to be on this planet. It is surprisingly scary. Written by KC Hunt <khunt@eng.morgan.edu>

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Force more powerful than 1,000 H-Bombs unleashed to devastate earth! World in panic! Cities in flames! See more »

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£275,000 (estimated)
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Early UK posters featured an illustration of John Neville as Quatermass, suggesting that he was a one time candidate for the role. See more »

Goofs

Sladden is going back into the Underground dig site and the lights go out. He takes out his flashlight and someone from off-camera shines a light in front of Sladden to provide the appearance of light shine due to the underpowered flashlight. See more »

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Professor Bernard Quatermass: The will to survive is an odd phenomenon. Roney, if we found out our own world was doomed, say by climatic changes, what would we do about it?
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Rejoice in the Lord Always
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Remarkable late 60s Hammer product
29 October 2002 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

Brilliant writing motivates a suspenseful sci-fi satire with intelligent, but often over the top, acting. Aliens invaded the earth thousands of years ago, and left behind their hatred and evil as a sort of gift to our race. One of the only films to successfully negotiate the fascinating territory between science fiction and the supernatural -- or, science and religion. Good suspense held up by a fast plot that reveals just enough to keep you interested. Poor production values -- the monsters in the film are truly laughable, which may hurt its reception by the younger crowd.


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